#15 South Brooklyn Pizza, New York City (New York Style Pizza)
Quick, who makes New York City's best slice? That’s a tricky question. While known as a great pizza city, New York’s state of the slice isn't what it you'd think, especially while it’s in the grip of the Neapolitan craze and $0.99-cardboard drunk food (you'd almost prefer D.C.'s jumbo slice). But there’s hope in the form of the East Village’s South Brooklyn Pizza, where owner Jim McGown espouses a conventional gas oven that gives the upskirt a slight char that seems just right. A slice of the signature New York Style pizza takes time (on average, up to 10 minutes), but it's worth the wait. The San Marzano sauce is neither too sweet nor acidic and is topped with layers of thin, ovoid mozzarella slices, dotted with fontina cubes, and finished with a generous drizzle of olive oil, basil, and grated Pecorino or Grana Padano. The thin crust cracks, but carries the cheese and sauce all the way up the slice, tangy bite after bite. No, the idea of a $4-slice doesn’t sit right, and blame Di Fara if you want (it’s arguably as good if just as inconsistent) but in a world of dollar slices that don’t, South Brooklyn does.